Moderator: JARROD GOENTZEL, Founder and Director
MIT Humanitarian Response Lab
Jarrod Goentzel is founder and director of the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab in the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and is a research lead for the MIT Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation sponsored by USAID. His research focuses on meeting human needs in resource-constrained settings through better supply chain management, information systems and decision support technology. Dr. Goentzel balances theoretical and applied work through active engagement with the private sector, government agencies, humanitarian, international development, and community organizations on several continents. He has over 20 years of experience designing supply chains and developing information technology solutions.
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Previously, Dr. Goentzel was Executive Director of the MIT Supply Chain Management Program, where he was responsible for design and management of the nine-month professional master’s degree program. He joined MIT in 2003 to establish the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program, which developed novel education, research, and outreach programs with the Zaragoza Logistics Center in Spain.
Dr. Goentzel received a Ph.D. from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.S. in applied mathematics from Colorado State University, and a B.A. in mathematics from Tabor College with studies at the Technical University of Budapest (Hungary).
JONATHAN JACKSON, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Jonathan Jackson is the CEO and cofounder of Dimagi, a socially conscious technology company that develops scalable ICT solutions for low-resource settings in over 40 countries. Jonathan is a social entrepreneur and innovator with extensive mobile technology expertise in both low-income and high-income settings. He has co-founded multiple organizations focused on improved healthcare delivery and poverty alleviation globally. As cofounder and CEO of Dimagi, Jonathan has overseen the growth of the company from the founding team to over 100 world-wide employees that operate programs in over 40 countries.
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MARTIJN BLANSJAAR, Head of Logistics and Supply, International Division
Oxfam Great Britain
Martijn Blansjaar is Head of Logistics and Supply in OXFAM GB’s International Division. He started in humanitarian assistance with Medecins Sans Frontieres – Holland in 1987. He spent seven years in programs of MSF and other agencies around the world working in logistics, technical and project co-ordination positions and as Head of Mission. In 1994 he joined MSF-Holland HQ Logistics Department for special assignments, a/o on pharmaceutical distributions, became Coordinator Technical Support in 1997 and Director of Logistics from March 2001 until he joined Oxfam in 2006. Outside his regular jobs he has been active since 2003 in various initiatives on the development of Humanitarian Logistics a/o through the creation of dedicated IT solutions and the establishment of a professional certification program.
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KEITH CHIBAFA, Service Delivery Manager
World Vision International
Keith Chibafa brings over 15 years of international management experience combined with an IT and business background in both the private and humanitarian sectors. Keith is responsible for overseeing World Vision International’s (WVI) efforts to collaborate with key local and international external entities interested in the implementation and execution of WVI’s Last Mile Mobile Solutions (LMMS) technology. As the Business Development lead for LMMS, Keith has overseen the deployment footprint of LMMS grow to over 25 countries and has seen LMMS adoption by at least 10 humanitarian agencies which, in addition to World Vision, include Oxfam GB, Medair, UNICEF, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council. He has a keen interest in electronic payments and has served as an internal advisor to several World Vision country offices on e-payments in Cash programming. Keith has a Masters in Business Leadership as well as a Bachelors in Computer Science.
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